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QCMHR’s reputation for excellence in mental health research has helped us attract many excellent PhD students, who have contributed significant new knowledge that will help to reduce the impact of mental illness in our communities.

Learn more about our PhD graduates below.

Dr Kristel Alla

 

Supervisors: Prof Harvey Whiteford, Prof Brian Head, Prof Wayne Hall, and Dr Carla Meurk

PhD Title: Defining and Measuring the Impact of Research on Mental Health Policy in Australia

Bio Research
Dr Md Mamun Al-Amin

(2015 – 2019, awarded 2019)

Supervisors: A/Prof Thomas Burne and Dr Robert Sullivan

PhD Title: Adult vitamin D deficiency and social stress; modelling the two-hit hypothesis

Bio Research
Dr Ilvana Dzafic

(January 2013 – November 2016)

Supervisors: Prof Bryan Mowry and Prof Hana Burianová

PhD Title: The neuroimaging and genetics of emotion perception in schizophrenia

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Dr Frances Dark

Supervisors: Dr Damian Santomauro, A/Prof Meredith Harris, Prof Harvey Whiteford, Prof Neal Ashkanasy

PhD Title: Cognitive remediation and social cognition interaction training: implementation and dissemination in a clinical setting

Bio Research
Dr Claire Foldi

(awarded 2012)

Supervisors: Prof Darryl Eyles and A/Prof Thomas Burne

PhD Title: The effect of paternal age on brain development and behaviour in the mouse.

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Dr Natalie Groves

(2012 – 2016, awarded 2016)

Supervisors: A/Prof Thomas Burne and Prof John McGrath

PhD Title: The effects of vitamin D deficiency in the developing and adult brain on stress response pathways and hippocampal neurogenesis in mice.

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Dr Lauren Harms

(awarded 2012)

Supervisors: A/Prof Thomas Burne and Prof Darryl Eyles

PhD title: The effect of maternal vitamin D on brain development and behaviour in the mouse

Bio Research
Dr Lachlan Harris

(2013 – 2017, awarded 2017)

Supervisors: A/Prof Michael Piper and A/Prof Thomas Burne

PhD Title: Characterisation of NFix mutant mice

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Dr James Kesby

(awarded 2010)

Supervisors:  Prof Darryl Eyles and A/Prof Thomas Burne

PhD title: The effect of developmental vitamin D depletion on the dopaminergic system and behaviour in the rats.

Bio Research
Dr Emilia Lefevre

(2012 – 2016, awarded 2016)

Supervisors: Prof Darryl Eyles and A/Prof Thomas Burne

PhD Title: Psychostimulant sensitization and addiction in the developmentally vitamin D deficient rat.

Bio Research
Dr Aung Aung Moe

(2013 – 2016, awarded 2017)

Supervisors: Prof Darryl Eyles and A/Prof Thomas Burne

PhD Title: Adolescent exposure to antipsychotic drugs

Bio Research
Dr Andrew Martin

(2015-2020)

Supervisors: Prof Bryan Mowry,  Prof David Reutens, and Prof Gail Robinson

PhD Title: Characterizing copy number variants in schizophrenia: a clinical, neuropsychological, and neuroimaging study

Bio Research
Dr Duncan McLean

(2015-2020)

Supervisors: Prof Bryan Mowry,  Prof John McGrath

PhD Title: Contrasting the expression of psychotic disorders in ethnically different populations

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Dr Stephen Parker
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Dr Alice Petty

Awarded the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship 2020

Supervisors: Prof Darryl Eyles and Dr Xiaoying Cui

PhD Title: Enhanced Dopamine in Prodromal Schizophrenia (EDiPS): A new animal model of relevance to schizophrenia

Bio Research
Dr Chikako Ragan

Conferred in 2015

Supervisors: Prof Bryan Mowry, Dr Jacob Gratten and Dr Denis Bauer

PhD Title: Analysis of non-coding RNA expression in schizophrenia brain

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Dr Karly Turner

(2012 – 2016, awarded 2016)

Supervisors: A/Prof Thomas Burne and Prof Darryl Eyles

PhD Title: Attentional processing in developmental vitamin D deficient rats: Modelling the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia.

Bio Research
Dr Michelle Sanchez Vega

(2013 – 2017, awarded 2018)

Supervisors: A/Prof Thomas Burne and Dr Suyinn Chong

PhD Title: Effects of the postnatal environment on the epigenetic regulation of cognitive behaviour in prenatal alcohol-exposed mice.

Bio Research

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